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The Diocese of Pasig’s Commission on Migrants kicked off its migrants program with a symposium which had as theme “Kaisa ng Simbahan sa Apostoladong Migrante”. The symposium was held last September 23, 2017 at the audio visual room of San Roque Parish in Pateros.


Attended by representatives from the four vicariates of the Diocese, the event had members of the Couples for Christ Migrants Program as resource persons. Nelia Flores, San Roque Parish PPC President, kicked off the event with opening remarks after which Fr. Jorge Bellocillo, San Roque parish priest and Head of the Diocese’s Ecumenical Commission on Migrants and Itinerants (ECMI) delivered a talk on “Addressing the Needs of the Migrants in the Diocese”.


Jess Ferrer, Head of the Couples for Christ’s Migrants Program, followed with a talk on the “Social, Psychological, and Economic Challenges of the Migrant Family”. Ferrer emphasized that the benefits of being an OFW (overseas Filipino worker) come with social, emotional and psychological costs, particularly when both parents leave the family to work overseas. He also presented statistical data to show the current status of Filipino migration, its magnitude, effects, and contribution to the country’s economy.Dexter Ignacio shared his life as a seminarian and the challenges he faced as a son of an OFW. 

The morning session was capped with the presentation of Dario Cornel—President of Diocese of Antipolo Commission on Migrants and Itinerants (DACMI)- titled “A Migrant’s Desk in Action, the DACMI Experience”. Allan Santiago, Social Development Head of CFC Central B, provided basic guidelines for the Planning Workshop on Building the Migrants Desk in the Vicariates with his talk on “Planning for the Parishes”. The day ended with the group crafting its Mission and Vision for the Diocese, setting its goals and designating interim officers for each Vicariate. 


As the Diocese’s work on the Migrants Program progresses, Father Jorge Bellocillo’s words will keep the group inspired and focused on their mission, vision and goals—“We are always on the road. We travel to go to work to earn a living. We travel to go back home to be with our loved ones. We travel rough roads as we face life's realities. We travel in the innermost of our hearts to be in the shelter of God's love. And so, we are all migrants for we are always on the road to seek where our true home is... in the very heart of God. We are always on the road. We are migrants.” (Ramon Pagdagdagan)

Added on Tuesday, November 7, 2017



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